I’ve been on a beauty ban for a couple of months now, and I’d like to think that my wisdom has grown exponentially from this significant experience.
Can’t believe I typed that without throwing my keyboard out the window in a fit of hilarity. Anyways, I did have some things to share concerning beauty bans and such. Read on!
1. Don’t use the beauty ban as an excuse to hide in your hobbit hole all day and be antisocial.
Shortly after I started my beauty ban, a couple of my friends asked me if I wanted to accompany them on a mall excursion. I’ll be honest, I would have rather done something else with them (anything that didn’t involve walking by/into makeup and home fragrance shops). But that being said, I still had a good time hanging out with my friends, and it was a relief to see that I had enough self control to leave the mall empty-handed. Which leads me to my second point…
2. Don’t exchange one bad habit for another.
When I restricted my beauty spending, it became more tempting to buy…other things. Anything else, really. Even though my main goal was just to purge my stash and cut down on extraneous items, I also wanted to limit my spending in general, just because it’s always nice to have some savings tucked away. So with that in mind, I’ve turned on the annoying little voice in the back of my head that chirps are you sure? every time I’m about to buy something.
3. Blog about it.
If you can. Knowing that I have to track my purchases makes me pay a lot more attention to my spending patterns. It also helps to keep an ’empties’ bag, so I have a visual record of my slowly shrinking stash. Trust me, it’s very gratifying. Also, the fact that I have ban buddies to hold me accountable has made it a lot easier. And finally,
4. Look on the bright side.
I hear you, wigeon. I hear you squawking what bright side?! Sometimes when you curb your spending habits, its easy to descend into a puddle of misery, but remember your goals. Also, when designing your ban, I’d recommend that you don’t crack down too much. While it might be perversely tempting to say no beauty purchases ever, trust me, this will just make things harder, and chances are you’ll give up before the month is out. If you’re going to make rules, make them strict enough to make achieve your goal, but loose enough that you can actually see yourself following through.
Any tips & tricks to share? How are you doing, fellow ban buddies?